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The Department of Health (DH) wants nurses to be more grateful for being NHS employees and plans to spell this out in annual letters telling us how well rewarded we are (news January 5).
The NHS Information Centre claims the average full-time nurse had a basic salary of £28,200 last year, or £32,500 when additions such as overtime and allowances are included (features March 17).
In response to David Taylor (letters June 6), I understood that one of the reasons there has been an increase in fitness to practise (FtP) referrals to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is that the standard of proof required has changed.
Patients do often say 'the nurses are always at the nurses' station chatting and not doing anything' (Hospital visitors' experiences at the nurses' station, evidence & practice, 19 April) but this is because they don't understand that so much has to be done on the computer, such as ordering blood tests, X-rays, documenting care and much more.
Many patients arrive for treatment in my department with the dirtiest fingernails. Some appear to have been digging the garden with their bare hands. If I comment on this to the ward nurses, they say the patient declined a handwash.